Wood you care? Of course we do!
Wood requires special care, as it is a natural and semi-permeable material. Even different woods, such as Pine, Cedar, IPE, Brazilian, Oak, and Composite wood require different cleaning methods and staining products. Also, the age, condition and type of the paint or stain (if any) on the wood makes a difference.
Deep cleaning is meant for decks or fences which have a lot of green or black (organic matter) on them. And it’s required if you plan on staining or painting the wood.
Again, we never use high pressure; this can permanently scar or damage wood (as seen here, done by an inexperienced contractor).
We utilize a delicate 3-step process, as recommended by wood stain manufacturers:
1. Apply a special, biodegradable wood detergent to lift away unsightly mold & mildew.
2. Use a medium-pressure wood tip (under 1700 PSI) to wash the top grain of the wood and rinse away the detergents. We never use high pressure, as this can permanently scar or damage wood.
3. Use pH neutralizer & wood brightener to ensure the wood is ideally prepared for re-staining (only on wood with old semi-transparent or no stain).
Our deep cleaning process restores the natural color of wood, and properly prepares wood for ideal stain adhesion, thus maximizing the stain's life expectancy*. While not required, we highly recommend staining after a deep cleaning.
* This cleaning is semi-aggressive, and may remove old stain, especially if it was peeling, failing, or “eaten through” by mold & mildew. On cedar fences, this process may remove much of the "greyness" caused from aging.